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Hydrology and Earth System Sciences An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
doi:10.5194/hess-2016-298
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06 Jul 2016
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A revision of this discussion paper is under review for the journal Hydrology and Earth System Sciences (HESS).
Assessment of flood risk perceptions and adaptation capacity: a comparative study between rural and peri-urban areas in Greece
Konstantinos Karagiorgos1, Sven Fuchs1, Kyriaki Kitikidou2, Fotios Maris2, Spyridon Paparrizos3, and Thomas Thaler1 1Institute of Mountain Risk Engineering, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria
2Department of Forestry and Management of the Environment and Natural Resources, Democritus University of Thrace, Orestiada, Greece
3Faculty of Environment and Na tural Resources, Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, Germany
Abstract. Focusing on flood risk and the information associated with it, developing risk management plans is often overlooking public perception of the threat. The perception of risk varies in many different ways, especially between the authorities and the affected public. It is because of this disconnection that many risk management plans concerning floods have failed in the past. This paper examines the private adaptation capacity and willingness with respect to flooding in two different catchments in Greece. The catchments of Evros and East Attica show recent flood events in the past 20 years. Two case studies were undertaken, comprised of a survey questionnaire focusing on 155 and 157 individuals, from a rural (Evros) and a peri-urban (East Attica) area, respectively, and they focused on those vulnerable to periodical (rural area) and flash floods (peri-urban area). Based on the comparisons drawn from these responses, and identifying key issues to be addressed when flood risk management plans are implemented, improvements are being recommended for the social dimension surrounding such implementation.

Citation: Karagiorgos, K., Fuchs, S., Kitikidou, K., Maris, F., Paparrizos, S., and Thaler, T.: Assessment of flood risk perceptions and adaptation capacity: a comparative study between rural and peri-urban areas in Greece, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss., doi:10.5194/hess-2016-298, in review, 2016.
Konstantinos Karagiorgos et al.
Konstantinos Karagiorgos et al.
Konstantinos Karagiorgos et al.

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Flood risk management is often overlooking public perception of the hazard, and therefore, many risk management plans have failed. This paper examines the private adaptation capacity and willingness with respect to flood hazards as one reason of this failure. Based on the results of our case studies in Greece, key issues to be addressed were identified and improvements are being recommended for the social dimension surrounding the implementation of flood risk management plans.
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